TriKonf 2013 Speaker Spotlight: Ana Iaria

AnaphotoAna Luiza Iaria (MSc, FCIL, MITI, CL (Translator), ATA member) is a former lawyer who practiced law for many years in Brazil before starting out as a translator. In addition to a law degree, she also holds a first degree in Languages and an MSc in Translation and Translation Technology, and teaches several subjects, including Publishing Skills, at the MSc program in Translation at Imperial College London as a Visiting Lecturer. Apart from presenting papers on legal translation at international conferences, she also leads workshops on tools and productivity for translators. Ana Iaria has been a Mac user for over 20 years.


Ana will present:

Working with Macs: yes, you can (English)

Macs have been around for almost 30 years now and until recently, were practically the sole territory of graphic designers and artists. They were the last choice for translators who rely on Windows-based software. Since the release of the Intel Mac computers, more and more Macs are becoming the hardware of choice for translators. Using CATs for Macs – yes, they do exist – or installing Windows or even Linux, translators have the best of both worlds at their fingertips. We will be discussing how to benefit from both operating systems and available software to maximize translators’ time and efforts.

Ana will also give the MemoQ interoperability session.

TriKonf 2013, the Tri-National Translation Conference, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany – 18-20 october 2013

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TriKonf 2013 Speaker Spotlight: Joanna Gough

joannaGough_photoJoanna Gough is of Polish origin and has lived in the UK for the last 12 years. She holds an MA in English Philology obtained from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland and an MA in Translation from the University of Surrey, UK.
After graduating from Surrey University she has been conducting research and writing on various translator-related subjects for the translation industry think-tank, TAUS.
Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Surrey, researching translation technologies and the human-computer interaction in translation.
Joanna’s research interests encompass a variety of language and technology-related subjects, such as tools and resources for translators, process-oriented translation research, the evolution of the Web and its impact on translation, and many more.

Joanna will present:

The patterns of interaction between professional translators and online resources (English)

“Translation is a multi-faceted activity that involves, amongst other processes, the simultaneous use of internal and external resources, i.e. the linguistic and world knowledge translators already possess and the resources they access externally to find new information.
Process-oriented translation research has been focusing on the internal translation processes (taking place in translators’ minds while they translate), but little attention has been paid to how they access and utilise the external resources available to them.
This research gap is further exacerbated by the fact that the way translators produce texts has recently dramatically changed due to the increased availability of translation technology and online resources. This leads to a situation where, whilst the amount of tools and resources available to translators is growing exponentially, little is known about the interaction between translators and these tools and resources.
My research aims to fill this gap and seeks to identify distinctive patterns of behaviour (styles) with regard to the use of translation tools and resources.

This presentation will cover the findings from my research, mainly from the questionnaire based on 540 responses, from the pilot study and, should they become available at the time of the presentation, any preliminary findings from the main study.”

TriKonf 2013, the Tri-National Translation Conference, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany – 18-20 october 2013

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TriKonf 2013 Speaker Spotlight: Paul Filkin

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPaul Filkin is the Client Communities Director for SDL Language Technologies and has worked with SDL since the end of 2006. His main focus is helping users of SDL technology to get the most from their investment and can be regularly seen on Twitter and in many of the public forums providing advice to anyone who needs it.  This feeds nicely into another aspect of his role which is building up communities of like-minded users so they can benefit more from sharing their experiences directly in an environment where SDL can most effectively get involved; so communities for things like Beta testing the products, developing applications through the SDL OpenExchange and even communities to provide help get started with the products.
He also regularly maintains a blog addressing many of the practical issues faced by translators in using technology for their work (

Twitter: @paulfilkin
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Paul will present:

Studio Interoperability

Interoperability is a term that is more recently used to describe how tools working in different translation environments can work together.  But it can of course be much wider than this.  The Studio platform is not just about SDL Trados Studio the CAT… it is about a platform, and the SDL Product Management team have had as much focus on the platform underneath the CAT itself.  This presentation will take a look at just what this means and perhaps put a new meaning to the word “interoperability”.

TriKonf 2013, the Tri-National Translation Conference, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany – 18-20 october 2013

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UNIVERSITAS Austria now also on board for the TriKonf 2013

universitas_logo_neuAnd one more European professional association supporting the TriKonf!

UNIVERSITAS, the Austrian Interpreters’ and Translators’ Association was founded in 1954 and currently has over 700 members. The aims of the association are:

(A) Representation of the common career and professional interests of its members at home and abroad, especially by educating the public about the qualifications of university-trained translators and interpreters, as well as by preserving and protecting the reputation of the  profession and by developing guidelines for the provision of translation services.

(B) The support and maintenance of scientific work in all areas relevant to translation and interpreting, as well as linguistic training areas in cooperation with the linguistic science training centres at Austrian universities.


UNIVERSITAS members are now entitled to the “partner assocation” discount on their registration fee. We are looking forward to welcoming our Austrian colleagues in Freiburg!

TriKonf 2013, the Tri-National Translation Conference, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany – 18-20 october 2013

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TriKonf 2013 Speaker Spotlight: Nelia Fahloun

neliaNelia Fahloun is an English and Spanish to French freelance translator specializing in legal and marketing translation. She studied English between 1998 and 2002 and went on to work as an Administrative/Financial Officer, and later as an International Projects Officer in the healthcare and public health sector. She went back to university in 2009 and graduated from the University of Brest, France with an MA in Translation & Copywriting in 2010. She started freelancing in October 2010 in addition to her day job, before deciding to translate full-time in May 2012. She is a member of the Société Française des Traducteurs (SFT) and an Associate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).


Nelia will present:

Le traducteur indépendant et son réseau de pairs : déontologie, confiance et positionnement professionnel (French)

Cette intervention portera sur le positionnement du traducteur indépendant à l’intérieur de son réseau professionnel. L’isolement du traducteur est-il une fatalité et comment peut-on l’éviter ou en sortir ? Dans quel environnement le traducteur indépendant s’inscrit-il ? – les autres traducteurs, les agences de traduction, les autres types de clients. J’aborderai également l’importance du réseau de pairs dans le quotidien et le développement à long terme de l’activité du traducteur et l’intérêt qu’il peut présenter sur le plan de la traduction comme sur les aspects administratifs, de développement de l’activité ou de positionnement professionnel. J’évoquerai également les dispositifs d’évaluation par les pairs, puis pour terminer, le rôle des réseaux sociaux dans la mise en place, la dynamique et l’activation du réseau.

TriKonf 2013, the Tri-National Translation Conference, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany – 18-20 october 2013

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Alejandro Moreno-Ramos (aka Mox) will be at the TriKonf!

Do we need to introduce him? ;)

Mox (aka “Alejandro Moreno-Ramos”) is a full-time freelance English & French to Spanish translator, living between Spain and France. He holds a MSc in Electromechanical Engineering and worked as an Energy Engineer for five years until he realized that he wanted a real job. He does only boring technical translations and happily works for translation agencies. His favorite areas of translation are: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Civil Engineering (you got it, he likes Engineering). Whenever he wants to take a break, he draws stick figures, which he publishes in a popular blog among translators:

Alejandro will be attending the TriKonf 2013 and selling and signing his books there!

And as an appetizer…

TriKonf 2013, the Tri-National Translation Conference, Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany – 18-20 october 2013

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Cracow Translation Days 2013

800px-Krakow_rynek_01The Cracow Translation Days will be held from 6–8 September 2013.

The Cracow Translation Days are an international conference for professional translators that offers more than just plain vanilla. With a focus on professional education, networking and intercultural exchange, this is not just another conference in an impersonal convention centre, where the goal seems to be to attend as many talks as possible in as little time as possible. The Cracow Translation Days give priority to quality, not to quantity.

The organisers have chosen a special location for a special conference, the Benedictine abbey of Tyniec, 13 km southwest of Cracow, and put together an extensive social programme in and around Cracow.

Registration for this non-profit conference is now open. Abstracts for talks, workshops or roundtables are being accepted until 31 May 2013.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

(GxP Language Services is not affiliated with the organizers nor is organizing or helping to organize this event. We will just be attending it.)

Interview with… André Lindemann

A.LindemannI had the pleasure of interviewing BDÜ’s President, André Lindemann. With 7000 members, the BDÜ (German Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators – Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Űbersetzer e.V.) is Germany’s largest professional association in the industry. It represents 75% of all professional translators and interpreters in Germany and has been representing their interests since 1955. We covered many topics in this interview, and it has been a true pleasure – thank you again, André!

The German version of this interview is available here.

Hi André. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. What can you tell us about your background and your career? Who are you and how did you come to this profession?

I grew up near the German-Polish border in the state of Brandenburg, which is once more my place of residence and where meanwhile, I’m in the second half of life, happily married and have an adult son.

I originally wanted to study for a degree in criminology after secondary school then, in the early Eighties, I was persuaded by my future employer – the Ministry of the Interior of the erstwhile GDR – to study for a degree in translation and interpreting, which I was awarded in 1986 at Leipzig University for the languages Polish and Russian. I subsequently interpreted and translated for all areas of the Ministry of the Interior (police, justice, fire, etc.) until the end of 1990. After German reunification and a three-year period of constant change in employment and vocational orientation, I finally landed back with the police in 1994 as a staff interpreter and translator.

You are an interpreter and translator for the Brandenburg State Police, but also self-employed. What does a typical day look like for you?

If there are no interpreting assignments pending outside normal office working hours – or at the office – I cross the border to Poland and go to my office at the Joint Centre of German-Polish Police and Customs Cooperation in Świecko, where I provide translation support to my colleagues in international police legal assistance, or in the coordination of German-Polish police cooperation. Several times a week there are conversations, work consultations, conferences and training sessions which require interpretation for representatives of the Polish and German security authorities (police, border guards, customs, prosecutors, etc.). What I particularly love about my professional work is the constant change between translating and interpreting.

My part-time self-employment is currently limited to appointments at the courts for interpreting and translation for a few regular and new customers.

The majority of my spare time is dedicated to my work for the BDÜ (Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators). Just like the profession, the association is also in a phase of change and here, I can actively contribute with my involvement. Together with the positive results of the task, cooperation in association committees has an almost family atmosphere, which provides me with an extremely high level of satisfaction.

Your working languages are Russian and Polish; why not English as well? How does one manage in this profession in 2013 without English?

These days, I’m actually working as an interpreter with just one working language: Polish. Although I continue to translate from the Russian language, I’m no longer working as an interpreter, because for decades, I have no longer had enough activity to provide the practical experience required.

In professional practice, I get along quite well without English, dealing as I do almost exclusively with German and Polish police officers. The situation is different in my volunteer work for the BDÜ, where my English is not always good enough for international meetings and conferences in particular and unfortunately very few participants speak Polish. I am therefore currently trying to refresh my knowledge of the English language a little but in important conversations, I always rely upon the support of a competent interpreter.

You are president of the BDÜ. What can you tell us about the goals, structure and tasks of the BDÜ?

With over 7,000 members, the Federal Association of Interpreters and Translators (BDÜ) is the largest association for our profession in Germany. It represents about 80 percent of all organised translators and interpreters in Germany, is the contact point for government, industry, trade, and it is responsible for all matters related to both the education and training of and for language service providers. Experienced members of the association become involved, for example, as reviewers of translations, as auditors of state examination boards or as consultants in the development of new vocational qualifications.

The BDÜ has been representing the interests of professional interpreters and translators for over 50 years and the BDÜ umbrella organisation, based in Berlin, represents 13 affiliated member associations. The member associations work at provincial state level or are grouped by profession, such as the “Verband der Konferenzdolmetscher e.V. (VKD) im BDÜ” (Association of Conference interpreters) ”. Internationally, the BDÜ is networked with European organisations like EULITA or FIT Europe, as well as the global umbrella association, the International Federation of Translators (FIT) and the CIUTI.

How did you come to this position as President of the BDÜ?

I had been taking part in the association’s work for a long time, so the simple answer to this question is that the General Assembly of the Association elected me to the function. As a BDÜ member since 1993, I “took office” two years thereafter with their Berlin-Brandenburg state association, where I performed various functions up to January 2009, most recently as Chairman there. A few months later, I was elected to the National Executive Board of the association, where I took on particular responsibility for the areas of interpreting and translation in the legal field, as well as the activities of staff interpreters and translators. I was then elected President of the BDÜ at Speyer during April 2011.

BDÜ_ Logo (Internet)Can you tell us something about the petition to increase the fees and remuneration of interpreters and translators working for the judiciary and your commitment to it?

The BDÜ and the other German professional associations have been fighting for decades to generate reasonable compensation for interpreters and translators – both those who work for the judiciary – as well as those who work in other areas. In terms of preparation of the amendment to the JVEG (German Judicial Remuneration and Allowances Act) – a law which inter alia covers the remuneration of interpreters and translators who are appointed by the judiciary and law enforcement authorities –we have, in recent years, been very active. We have been conceiving and agreeing our substantive position, carried out countless discussions with ministries and members of parliament and have repeatedly presented our reasoning to reinforce support of our individual agenda items.

It is only in the judiciary sector in Germany that remuneration for our freelance colleagues is regulated at law, so the representation of the interests of our members here is particularly important and this can trigger a signal for the entire profession.

After our demands were not adequately accounted for in the draft legislation published, we searched for further ways to influence policy-makers and in doing also submitted an e-petition to the German Parliament for the first time. With a lack of detailed experience here and the difficulty in Germany of mobilising  a relatively small sector, I am not quite dissatisfied with the result: we were, after all, supported by 4,915 signatures.
In addition, and as far as I know for the first time in history, many individual interpreters and in particular translators who were affected referred the matter by means of personal letters to members of parliament and ministries, thus further increasing the pressure on the government.

During recent years, we can certainly note heightened perception of representatives of the profession in political circles. Meanwhile, politicians proactively ask about the expertise of our association wherever it is a case of our professional activity. It was for the first time that a representative of the profession was invited to a public hearing in the Federal Parliament in the person of the BDÜ President.

Further discussions by the Federal Parliament on May 16 about the legislative package will show the extent to which the interests of our members have been successfully represented. Having been made party to the latest information, I’m confident that the results of this work in connection with the law targeted for the early summer will at least bring a noticeable improvement in compensation for many colleagues, even if it understandably lags somewhat behind some goals that are quite ambitious and does not satisfy all.

How do you respond as an association to increasing globalisation and the resulting pressure on prices?

By definition, economic globalisation also offers our industry many advantages, since all those who want to export or import something must communicate with their international partners. In addition to that, there are contracts, operating manuals, and much more that needs to be transferred from one language to another. For this, qualified resources are required and all forecasts predict that in the area of language services provision, a continued annual growth of 10% is expected. That is one side of the coin. But of course globalisation also means increased competition, so that rates are in fact under pressure. This has, however, only had limited influence upon the German market, according to our own research. The BDÜ rates surveys in recent years rather indicate stable rates or indeed slightly higher rates.

As we see it, informing the public – especially potential clients – about the significance of quality in language services, the possibilities for finding a qualified linguist, the benefits of in-house language services and the dangers of machine translation are among the most important tasks for us as a professional association. We also attach great importance to the continuous professional development of our association members, especially in the entrepreneurial area. Overall, the BDÜ annually runs more than 250 different training events. As an association, we have established that colleagues who are most successful are those who can name a clear specialisation for themselves, can position this in the market and who have an entrepreneurial mindset. We are therefore working to constantly improve the business skills of our members and to assist them on their way towards specialisation.

As a German association, or in cooperation with other associations, what do you do to assist translators in positioning themselves better within the international marketplace?

The BDÜ provides its members with diverse possibilities for general or sector-specific marketing via the on-line search on the association website or using various lists of specialised professional interpreters and translators that are available. On the other hand, the association is expanding its continuous professional development offerings, particularly in the field of basic entrepreneurial skills base of its members. As an example last year, they were offered two series of free webinars covering various topics such as estimating, bidding, price negotiations and similar.

How do you see the German translation market?

Even although Germany is no longer the export champion of the world, exports still play a key role in the German economy. This inevitably leads to a high requirement for translation, whereby the time factor is increasingly becoming a decisive element, because translations of manuals, operating instructions or websites in several languages must be done timely and concurrently.

Despite these requirements, and by contrast to the translation markets of many other countries, the German translation market is still highly-fragmented, with many single-person or small enterprises and not quite so many large operators. This also becomes evident from statistics, according to which a micro-census showed that of approximately 38,000 interpreters and translators in Germany, more than half of all translators are self-employed and working alone. Reverting specifically to being able to react appropriately to the requirements that the marketplace sets, it will become ever more necessary to build networks and it is particularly here that the networking facilities offered by our association constitute a competitive advantage.

What is your opinion of the future for translators and interpreters?

Of course, I have no crystal ball for the future, but the question of where the journey is heading has already been touched upon. We assume that the market for language services will continue to grow dynamically with the progress of continuing globalisation, which means that the aforementioned tendency for pressure in the areas of deadlines and remuneration will together provide increasing competition.

For present and future translators and interpreters, it will be dependent upon their ability to perform correctly with well-founded language and translation skills as qualified translators and / or interpreters. In addition to that, we can add specialisation, which also encompasses the principle of “lifelong learning”. Thirdly, ‘willingness’ should be mentioned. The willingness to work together either on a project-related basis or permanently in multilingual or cross-functional networks, while adapting our entrepreneurial profiles to the market in such a way that they offer higher added value to the client and can ensure an adequate personal return. There is one thing that I am 100% sure about: Despite the fact that virtually everyone is somehow able to communicate in English, and despite ever-improving machine translation tools, people will ALWAYS need those who can reliable and competently communicate between two languages and consequently between two cultures.

Thank you very much for your time André!

(Translated from German by Textklick)

Understanding English medical terminology

Webinar by Alessandra Martelli, April 22nd. 

“The technical language of medicine can sound pretty obscure at a first glance: words like electrocardiography and echocardiography can look pretty alike and might sound confusing.

In medical translation, precision and utmost attention to terminology is a must. This webinar is designed to provide participants with a good grasp on English medical terminology based on the morphology of medical terms – i.e. how medical terms are created.

In an hour, we will go through the most common Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes used in medical terminology and you will learn how to recognise these elements and use them to decode medical terms effectively and precisely.”

Complete info and registration here.

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TriKonf 2013 – “Professionalization & Interoperability in the Translation Industry”

GxP Language Services announced the first Tri-National Translation Conference (“TriKonf 2013″) to be held on October 19th and 20th, 2013 in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), under the motto “Professionalization & Interoperability in the Translation Industry”.

“In recent times the media have constantly featured reports about so-called universal translators or what wonderful things machine translation can now do for us”, explains Siegfried Armbruster, owner of GxP Language Services. “This hype is spread by groups who want to convince potential sponsors to attract even more investment in their projects. What is overlooked again and again is the fact that qualified human translators and interpreters are still the only guarantee that linguistic content is adapted correctly and understandably into another language. With this conference, we aim to provide translators and interpreters with a platform that not just makes them familiar with the latest developments, but which also facilitates joint discussion in order to prevent too many customers being impressed by these surrealistic fantasies. When used correctly, technology can accelerate the translation process and improve its quality. Exaggerated and irresponsible use of translation technology however leads to unusable results. As long as the alleged cost reductions in the translation process have to be paid for by quality reductions in the final result, every customer should ask themselves whether they can really afford cheap(er) translations.”

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